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The real Obama

Here’s a story that gives some good insight into Barack Obama’s personality. I couldn’t imagine John McCain doing anything like that.

Mary Menth Andersen was then 31 years old and had just married Norwegian Dag Andersen. She looked forward to start a new life in Åsgårdstrand i Vestfold with him. But first she had to get all her belongings to Norway. The day was 2 November 1988.

At the airport in Miami, it was busy as usual with long queues at the check-in counters. When it finally was Mary’s turn, and she had put the luggage on the conveyor belt, she got the message that would break down the bubbling happiness.

– You must pay 103 dollars in overweight if you want to bring both suitcases to Norway, the man behind the counter said.

Mary had no money. Her new husband had already gone to Norway, and Mary had no one else to call.

– I was in completely despair and tried to find out which belongings I could do without. But the suitcases were filled with my most precious belongings, Mary says.

Mild and friendly

Although she explained the situation to the man behind the counter, he showed no signs of mercy.

– I started to cry, the tears cascaded down and I did not know what to do. Then I heard a mild and friendly voice behind me say “I’ll pay for her.”

Mary turned around and there was a tall and dark man she had never seen before.

– He had a mild and friendly, yet determined, voice. My initial thought was: Who is this man?

Although the incident happened 20 years ago, Mary still remembers the authority this man radiated.

– He was good looking and fashion right with brown leather shoes, open cotton shirt and khaki pants, Mary says.

She was happy to get both her suitcases to Norway and assured the stranger he would get his money back. The man wrote his name and address on a piece of paper and gave Mary. She thanked him repeatedly. When she finally went to the security check he waved goodbye to her.

Rescuing knight

On the paper it was written “Barack Obama” and his address in Kansas, which is the state his mother came from. Mary had the paper piece in her wallet for many years, but she finally threw it.

– He was my rescuing knight, Mary says and smiles.

She paid back the 103 dollar to Obama after she came to Norway. At that time he had finished the job as a low paid environmental worker in Chicago and attended law school at the prestigious Harvard.

In spring 2006, Mary’s parents heard that Obama was considering to run for President, but that he had yet not decided. Therefore, they chose to write a letter in which they stated he would get their votes. At the same time they thanked Obama for having helped their daughter 18 years earlier.

In a letter to Mary’s parents dated 4 May 2006 and marked “United States Senate, Washington DC,” Barack Obama writes back:

“I want to thank you for having written such kind words about me and for reminding me of the incident at the airport in Miami. I am happy to have helped and are happy to hear that your daughter is doing well in Norway. Please send her my best wishes. Sincerely, Barack Obama, United States Senator. ”

Google translation & link to original article here, thanks to @cdespinosa on twitter.

Official Obama 08 iPhone app

There’s now an official Obama 08 iPhone app, developed by @ravenzachary @grigs @jtkeith @lyzadanger @aileen_jeffries @schwa @dom @bmf @louiemantia and @omnivector.

Obama 08

Go Obama!

Finally! Obama has a great ad that hits McCain hard where it hurts.

The two most frightening words

President Palin

The thought that she could possibly become president is truly frightening. Due to McCain’s age & general health, there’s a good chance he could die in office, leaving this incompetent, inexperienced, unprepared political hack as our president.


This comes awfully close to a racial slur. Even today in the south you rarely hear the word “uppity” not followed by the N-word. I’m sure most of his target audience mentally added that word to his remark.

Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland used the racially-tinged term “uppity” to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.

Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.

“Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmoreland said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

Experience isn't very important

McCain and the Republicans like to emphasize Obama’s lack of experience, but they don’t mention that George W. Bush had even less experience when he was elected. Jimmy Carter also had very little experience when he was elected. You could even say George Washington had no government experience before he became president.

Being able to inspire & motivate people is a huge advantage. The fact that Obama is well liked overseas will be a huge boost to our international relations.

We need to repair our reputation in the world, which Bush damaged so badly. We can’t stand alone; we need the rest of the world’s cooperation. A president who will bully & threaten other world leaders and lose his temper will make the rest of the world less willing to cooperate with us. A likable & charismatic leader with good negotiating skills will raise the world’s opinion of us and strengthen our alliances.

Forgetting the past

We’re always told to remember the past, but I’ve come to believe it’s the wrong idea. Sometimes forgetting the past is a good thing.

Yesterday I got a forwarded email about previous Democratic presidents’ records on Social Security and other issues, although it says nothing about Obama. You can’t judge a current candidate by earlier presidents. Obama is not Johnson, Carter, or Clinton. There’s no reason to believe he’ll follow similar policies.

Similarly, Republicans like to bring up Lincoln to play up their commitment to civil rights. That’s completely wrong and irrelevant since today’s Republican party has nothing in common with Lincoln’s party, and today’s Republicans, including McCain, have actively opposed civil rights.

The only way we will have real peace is by forgetting the past and moving on. As long as people will keep dredging up something another group’s ancestors did to their ancestors a few hundred years ago, old grudges will never die and we’ll never be able to stop fighting.

VP Prediction

I’m pretty certain it will be Joe Biden.

Via Political Wire:

CNN — which has had a camera trained on Sen. Joe Biden’s home all day — reports there is now “a flurry of activity” there.

“Cars have recently pulled into the driveway — including a police car — and Biden’s daughter, son, and wife are now believed to be inside.”

Identify the elitist

Try to figure out which of these people is an elitist:

  1. A mixed race man raised by a single mother, who put himself through school, and owns one home.
  2. A wealthy politician who married a heiress and owns more homes than he can remember.

It’s amazing that Obama’s “elitist” labels stuck, when all of his opponents have been wealthier than him, own more homes, and are from illustrious families.

Links for 2008-08-12 through 2008-08-13

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